Dr Alvin Orbaek White is a Senior Lecturer and former Sêr Cymru II Fellow at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) in Swansea University.
His vision is to advance global energy sustainability by developing more efficient and equitable methods of transmitting electricity. His research activities include the circular economy philosophy to close the loop on the carbon cycle. Throughout his academic career, Dr Orbaek White has worked to develop innovative methods to synthesise and characterise carbon nanomaterials. He completed his PhD at Rice University, USA, on the catalytic growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he developed a novel technique resulting in the growth of SWCNTs with centimetre length scales; called ultra-long CNTs.
He is an alumnus of the Welsh Crucible (2017) and the Digital Economy Crucible (2017). In 2019 he founded TrimTabs Ltd to bring his technologies from the lab space to the marketplace. in 2020 he was selected to participate in The Royal Society Parliamentary Pairing Scheme.